The popular Tymon Park is one of the best parks in Dublin.
Located between Tallaght, Templeogue and Walkinstown, the park is a short spin from the city and it’s a grand spot for a ramble.
The 300 acre park is home to a playground, plenty of space to walk, 29 pitches and a decent bit of parking, too (not always a given).
Below, you’ll find info on everything from the Tymon Park Parkrun and the different walking trails to where to visit nearby.
Some quick need-to-knows about Tymon Park in Dublin
Although a visit to Tymon Park is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.
2. Opening hours
Tymon Park is open from 10am every day, throughout the year. However, the closing times change with the season. It’s open until 5pm in winter and until 8pm in summer.
So, there are several different car parks, depending on which side you’re entering from. If you’re on the Templeogue side, park here. If you’re on the Tallaght side, there’s parking near the playground here.
One of the highlights of Tymon Park is the refurbished playground. It’s one of the coolest kids play areas in Dublin and it has plenty of features for hours of fun. From the sand pit with a digger, to the zip-line, the kids will surely love it there. Note: This car park is nearby.
The Tymon Park Parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9:30 am. It’s free to join but you need to register first.
About Tymon Park
Tymon Park is a large public park in south Dublin. It’s divided by the M50 motorway and is linked by pedestrian bridges connecting the two halves. The River Poddle passes right through the area and provides water for some of the ponds and two lakes.
Brief history of the park
Tymon Park was formed after the purchase of neighbouring farm plots acquired during the 1970s and 1980s. Together it forms 300 acres of park space and was officially opened in 1986 to the public.
Attractions in the park
The park has some beautiful natural features. There are ponds and lakes, fed by the River Poddle and mixed deciduous woodland sections.
The network of trails is commonly used by joggers and walkers for their daily exercise. Otherwise, there are also 29 different pitches for a range of sports and recreational activities.
The different Tymon Park walks
If you’ve hopped into our guide to the best walks in Dublin, you’ll know that Dublin’s parks are hard to beat. This park has numerous different trails passing by the lakes and through woodland.
While you can form your own walk, there are two designated Sli na Slainte loops, which are “path to health” projects supported by the South Dublin council. Both loops are waymarked with colour coded signs, making it easier to follow.
The yellow loop is 2.5km and situated on the western side of the park. It starts and ends at the Tymon North Road entrance. The path initially follows the Tymon Lane before heading around the Wildfowl Wetlands and back past the playground to the car park.
The slightly longer red loop is 3km long and begins and ends at the Wellington Lane entrance. It takes you around the eastern side of the park, passing by wildflower meadows and through tree-lined trails. It also travels around the Wildfowl Wetlands in the northern part of the park, where you can admire the unique flora and fauna.
The “unofficial” blue sli
This 5km unmarked option, joins both the red and yellow trails together to form a longer loop for those looking for a more serious running or walking option. It uses a section of both the red and yellow paths, which you can link by crossing the foot bridges over the motorway.
Things to do near Tymon Park
One of the beauties of Tymon Park is that it’s a short spin away from many of the best places to visit in Dublin.
Below, you’ll find a handful of things to see and do a stone’s throw from the park (plus places to eat and where to grab a post-adventure pint!).
1. Bohernabreena Reservoir (10-minute drive)
If you’re looking for more beautiful waterways to explore, then the Bohernabreena Reservoir is just 10-minutes south of Tymon Park. The reservoir is located in the Glenasmole Valley and offers beautiful views of the Dublin Mountains.
2. Ticknock (15-minute drive)
Another spot in the Dublin Mountains southeast from Tymon Park, Ticknock Forest has up to 10km of trails to cover with some offering stunning views of the city and bay. There are walks for everyone there, with some for families and some being more strenuous options.
3. Corkagh Park (20-minute drive)
The 120-hectare Corkagh Park is a great place to head with the whole family. It’s home to plenty of attractions including sport facilities, a dog run, rose garden and a purpose-built cycling track. It’s the gateway to the Camac Greenway which goes to Clondalkin Village and Round Tower.
4. Phoenix Park (20-minute drive)
A bit closer to the city centre, the Phoenix Park is the most famous green space in Dublin. As one of the largest public parks in any European capital, it’s home to many of the city’s best attractions. From Dublin Zoo to Aras an Uachtarain, you’ll find plenty of things to see as you explore the park.
FAQs about visiting Tymon Park in Dublin
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘When did Tymon Park open?’ (1986) to ‘How many pitches are in Tymon Park?’ (there’s 29).
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
Is there parking at Tymon Park?
Yes, there’s parking on the Tallaght side (near the playground) and on the Templeogue side.
How long is the Tymon Park walk?
The walks here take between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on which route you choose.
Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.